Beirut announce new album ‘Gallipoli’
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Marking the follow-up to 2015's 'No No No'

Beirut have announced a new album, titled ‘Gallipoli’. It serves as the follow-up to 2015’s ‘No No No’ and marks Condon’s fifth full-length release as Beirut.

The album takes its name from the Italian town of the same name, where Zach Condon wrote the title track. The album was recorded in New York City, Berlin, and Puglia.

Announcing the news on their official website, Condon also described the recording process of the album. “Gallipoli started, in my mind, when I finally had my old Farfisa organ shipped to New York from my parent’s home in Santa Fe, NM,” he began.

“I acquired the organ from my first job at the CCA; the local foreign film theater and gallery space. A traveling circus’ keyboard player (not a joke) had left it in the warehouse after certain keys and functions of the organ had broken down and stopped working,” he continued. “I spent the next three years writing every song I could possibly squeeze out of it.”

Condon goes on to explain that during the writing and recording process, things in his personal life “were shifting wildly” and he found himself “traveling back and forth between New York and Berlin for longer periods of time.”

He describes the studio sessions as a “flurry of 12 to 16 hour days in the studio, with day trips around the coastline and a steady diet of pizza, pasta and tear-inducing ghost peppers we bought from the chili-man in Lecce.”

Then, he tells fans about the inspiration behind the album’s title track. “We stumbled into a medieval-fortressed island town of Gallipoli one night and followed a brass band procession fronted by priests carrying a statue of the town’s saint through the winding narrow streets behind what seemed like the entire town, before returning late to Sudestudio. The next day I wrote the song I ended up calling ‘Gallipoli’ entirely in one sitting, pausing only to eat.”

You can read the full post here. The release date for ‘Gallipoli’ is yet to be announced.

20/10/2018 00:42:07
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